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Old October 18th, 2013, 04:26 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Hi there
Just to confirm.
My firmware is currently MGG, can this version be unrooted back to stock without any issues for warranty void or will the Knox Security still detect the flashing and possibly void my warranty should I have to return the phone ?

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Just to confirm.
My firmware is currently MGG, can this version be unrooted back to stock without any issues for warranty void or will the Knox Security still detect the flashing and possibly void my warranty should I have to return the phone ?

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Hi Bully74uk!

Things on the Knox front have been moving very swiftly over the last 48 hours.

Here is the latest wisdom on rooting a post MGG firmware that has a locked bootloader and Knox Security.

1. The methods described in post #2, CF-Root and PhilZ Recovery, will, currently, blow the Knox counter as per #2.6...

"Note: This will not reset the separate Knox security counter that is included in the latest firmwares... nothing will.

and the warning in #4.6...

"Rooting your phone could, in theory, void your warranty."

The reason I use, "in theory", is that no one has, AFAIK, been refused warranty because of the Knox counter and non-Knox users can use Triangle Away..

2. In the light of recent advances made by a developer called DjeMBeY, it is now possible to flash one of his Mega ROMs to root and obtain a custom recovery.

See post #1 of...

I9505 XXUEMJ5 JB 4.3><MEGA 0x0<>Pre-Rooted STOCK ROM's><Odin/CWM><Odex/DeOdex>

However, even this is not guaranteed to work as there have been reports of it increasing the Knox counter but hopefully the dev will sort this out soon.

3. If you are at all worried about blowing the Knox counter I would suggest hanging fire on rooting until the dust settles. As they used to put on those old maps... "'ere be dragons!"

See, also, Locked bootloader & Knox security on latest firmwares

I have edited post #1 to try and make the Knox situation clearer.
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Thanks for the great guide. I successfully rooted and installed CWM following the instructions without any problem. I installed ROM manager and adjusted the settings as suggested. Then I thought I had better do a nandroid backup before anything else, but the phone won't boot into recovery, and now it won't boot up normally either. All I get is a stuck screen with the tiny blue text saying recovery booting (I think, it's so small) and the frozen Samsung animation. I've spent ages looking for a solution to this and am not sure how to unbrick the phone. I've pulled the battery a few times but that doesn't help. It can start in download mode but that's about all. Attached shows the version etc before I rooted, I haven't attempted to flash any ROM. Any suggestions as to how I can revive the phone please? Thanks
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Thanks for the great guide. I successfully rooted and installed CWM following the instructions without any problem. I installed ROM manager and adjusted the settings as suggested. Then I thought I had better do a nandroid backup before anything else, but the phone won't boot into recovery, and now it won't boot up normally either. All I get is a stuck screen with the tiny blue text saying recovery booting (I think, it's so small) and the frozen Samsung animation. I've spent ages looking for a solution to this and am not sure how to unbrick the phone. I've pulled the battery a few times but that doesn't help. It can start in download mode but that's about all. Attached shows the version etc before I rooted, I haven't attempted to flash any ROM. Any suggestions as to how I can revive the phone please? Thanks
Hi Pygathrix!

From your screenshot I can see that you are on firmware version MJ7, Android 4.3, which has a locked bootloader and Knox security.

You're phone is not, "bricked", as you can get into Download mode. Therefore, I suggest that you download the stock Samsung firmware for your, "Version", details, as per #2.0, and flash them via Odin by following the instructions in #1.5 of 18 Galaxy S4 models - know yours?. This should get you up and running and back to your pre-rooted state although, it will not reset your Knox flag.

Alternatively, if yor Knox flag is at 0x1, (as I suspect it will be, see #1.4 of Knox Security & locked bootloader on new firmwares), you can try using a later version, say 5.18.9, of PhilZ recovery.
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From your screenshot I can see that you are on firmware version MJ7, Android 4.3, which has a locked bootloader and Knox security.

You're phone is not, "bricked", as you can get into Download mode. Therefore, I suggest that you download the stock Samsung firmware for your, "Version", details, as per #2.0, and flash them via Odin by following the instructions in #1.5 of 18 Galaxy S4 models - know yours?. This should get you up and running and back to your pre-rooted state although, it will not reset your Knox flag.

Alternatively, if yor Knox flag is at 0x1, (as I suspect it will be, see #1.4 of Knox Security & locked bootloader on new firmwares), you can try using a later version, say 5.18.9, of PhilZ recovery.
Thank you ironass.
I managed this ok soon after i had posted as I lost my bottle and couldn't think what else to do.
I spent days preparing to root my old HTC Desire which was much more complicated than Odin, so I thought this would be straightforward. Now I have an unrooted stock phone with a poss/prob voided warranty only 6 months into a 2yr contract. Grand.

I'm still not sure why it wouldn't boot into recovery, is that because of Knox? I thought all that Knox did was void the warranty but you could still root and flash. If I use a later version of Philz should I be able to boot into recovery, flash ROMs etc? Many thanks
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Now I have an unrooted stock phone with a poss/prob voided warranty only 6 months into a 2yr contract. Grand.
I'm afraid that rooting and flashing a custom recovery on your Android 4.3 firmware was always going to blow the Knox counter, as per the warning in post #1...

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As per the link in the above warning to those with Knox enabled firmware, it also has a locked bootloader as well. Your main problem is that you could not access recovery, which can be tricky for newcomers at the best of times, (hence the video), to do a cache and dalvik wipe. If you were to attempt it again with the same, or later, PhilZ recovery I would recommend doing this after boot. Perhaps try a practice of going into recovery on stock firmware first, by following the instructions in #2.5.

Alternatively, you could flash a stock, pre-rooted ROM, such as DjeMBeY's latest MJ9 version, via Odin as your Knox flag can only be tripped once.

See, Pre-Rooted STOCK FW - Odex - KNOX 0x1 in post #1 of the DjeMBeY thread.
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Hi ironass...brand new noob fresh meat here! ...Rather than ask any stupid noob questions off the bat, I mainly wanted to just say THANK YOU!. I started looking into rooting my i9505 four days ago and haven't slept since! Have spent every waking moment going through your guides, reading up on the terminology and scanning the forums here and at xda...

I didn't want to skip a step so I read and re-read your guide. At the risk of sounding like a kiss ass (kiss ironass!) I wanted to say what an awesome guide you've written. Between this guide and the one on Philz CWM and the other basic guides explaining the terminology and all about rooting... they are a goldmine. I can see how much time and effort must have gone into the whole thing.... my god, I thought I knew a lot about technology before I came here, but the more I read your stuff and the guys at xda, the more I realise how little I knew! So i'm determined to learn as much as possible to get the most out of this phone.

My intention is to ultimately flash the latest Echoe ROM. But don't want to do that until i'm 100% sure i'm not going to brick my phone!

I've downloaded and flashed CF Auto Root, Philz Touch, Echoe ROM, and all the apps you suggested. So just trying to get my head around it all... I figured out too late that my phone was one of the first to get the Knox "gift"! so I understand the implications - i don't really care about the phone not being in warranty. But I assume that because it has this security lock that the CF Auto Root method won't work?

I've gone through DjeMBeY's stuff now too and downloaded the DeOdex Knoxfree superslim pre-rooted rom. I understand from your latest posts that this should root the phone successfully? (i've already tripped the knox 0x1 so i don't care what happens after that).
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Hi ironass...brand new noob fresh meat here! ...Rather than ask any stupid noob questions off the bat, I mainly wanted to just say THANK YOU!. I started looking into rooting my i9505 four days ago and haven't slept since! Have spent every waking moment going through your guides, reading up on the terminology and scanning the forums here and at xda...

I didn't want to skip a step so I read and re-read your guide. At the risk of sounding like a kiss ass (kiss ironass!) I wanted to say what an awesome guide you've written. Between this guide and the one on Philz CWM and the other basic guides explaining the terminology and all about rooting... they are a goldmine. I can see how much time and effort must have gone into the whole thing.... my god, I thought I knew a lot about technology before I came here, but the more I read your stuff and the guys at xda, the more I realise how little I knew! So i'm determined to learn as much as possible to get the most out of this phone.

My intention is to ultimately flash the latest Echoe ROM. But don't want to do that until i'm 100% sure i'm not going to brick my phone!

I've downloaded and flashed CF Auto Root, Philz Touch, Echoe ROM, and all the apps you suggested. So just trying to get my head around it all... I figured out too late that my phone was one of the first to get the Knox "gift"! so I understand the implications - i don't really care about the phone not being in warranty. But I assume that because it has this security lock that the CF Auto Root method won't work?

I've gone through DjeMBeY's stuff now too and downloaded the DeOdex Knoxfree superslim pre-rooted rom. I understand from your latest posts that this should root the phone successfully? (i've already tripped the knox 0x1 so i don't care what happens after that).
Thank you for those kind words. It means a lot to me, stuck here in the cellar at Android Forums Towers. Fed only on gruel and scraps by the Mods and Guides, when they remember.

The hardest part about writing those guides is trying to make them idiot proof... Oh! and sobering up.

I predict that you will go far in rooting as you seem to have already mastered the two main skills that some people lack...

1. Reading. I wish I had a 1 for every time that someone posted on one of the Dummies Guides... "I followed all your instructions", only to discover that they hadn't!

2. Searching. The Search feature in the forum coupled with Google search are both wonderful tools that are totally under used.

I think that choosing to root a Knox enabled stock firmware using the pre-rooted DjeMBeY ROM is the right way to go and the latest offering, MK8, is proving to be outstanding for me and I certainly recommend it.

Good luck old boy!
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Thank you for those kind words. It means a lot to me, stuck here in the cellar at Android Forums Towers. Fed only on gruel and scraps by the Mods and Guides, when they remember.
Do those towers have central heating? At least you have your two cohorts trained to throw you down a few scraps of meat and gruel every few days. You think you have it bad?.......

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I think that choosing to root a Knox enabled stock firmware using the pre-rooted DjeMBeY ROM is the right way to go and the latest offering, MK8, is proving to be outstanding for me and I certainly recommend it.
Before I go entering these dark DjeMBeY waters can you say definitively that I will gain root status and not be hindered by the knox flag (now at 0x1)? I know i'm not the only one wondering this.... if there is any way to say for certain now that we can still have a fully rooted post-knox handset?

I did read the two main Knox threads on XDA -

1. [RESEARCH] Samsung Knox: Warranty Void Behavior - xda-developers

2. [Q&A][i9505] Knox Q&A / Discussion Thread - ask questions here! - xda-developers

The discussions seem mostly theoretical and people speculating as to the implications, together with a melee of conspiracy theorists! It makes for comical reading but even after a search, I'm none the wiser. Others have asked the same question too.

It follows from your guide that if you follow it by the letter and you have the knox-locked bootloader that you will stumble at the first hurdle. Even with DjeMBeY's guides and various ROM's, its still not clear as to what may happen. Especially if you don't want to just take a chance and risk doing something that will later prove irreversible!

In which case, are there are any vacancies for cellar cleaner duties?

Edit: just wanted to add that I read your thread here: Knox Security & locked bootloader on new firmwares

Should I have posted this query there instead? it seemed relevant here too...

I read exactly what was said there and the conclusions about voiding the warranty, tripping the flag and not being able to go back etc. I really just wanted to know if its possible to pinpoint whether it can now be determined if a knox-tripped user can still go ahead and root their device? and which of the DjeMBeY ROM's works best?

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Before I go entering these dark DjeMBeY waters can you say definitively that I will gain root status and not be hindered by the knox flag (now at 0x1)? I know i'm not the only one wondering this.... if there is any way to say for certain now that we can still have a fully rooted post-knox handset?
First and foremost let me say that I am not on Knox firmware and cannot and have not, tested these methods for rooting Knox enabled firmware myself. Like you, I have to rely on other peoples reports and findings.

The Knox flag, which you have already tripped somehow, will not hinder you. It is the locked bootloader that means you need to flash via Odin, the opposite of myself on non Knox.

I would strongly suggest that as per #2.0 of this guide, you download the stock Samsung firmware for your handset from SamMobile and have it on standby to flash with Odin, just in case in case anything does go wrong. Also, make sure you back everything up prior to flashing. A belt and braces approach, if you like.

Mentions of the Knox flag and bootloader being irreversible are correct. Once you have them it is a one way street. The fact that you cannot revert to Android 4.2.2 is immaterial therefore. However, you can flash the stock firmware mentioned above if need be.

As per #2.10 of the DjeMBeY ROM's i9505 - Dummies Guide, you cannot flash a CWM ROM unless you are already rooted and have a custom recovery installed.

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#2.10. Flashing DjeMBeY's, "GT-I9505 Modified & Stock ROMs - CWM/TWRP/PhilZ flashable ZIP:", ROM

This method is for those who are already rooted and have a Custom Recovery, see Rooting Galaxy S4 - Dummies Guide, and wish to install the DjeMBeY CWM flashable ROMs.

Therefore you are restricted to the Full stock pre-rooted or Modified pre-rooted, (Slim), ROMs, #1.1 and #1.2 in the guide and must use the Odin flashing method in #2.0.

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I want to make sure I understand this Knox issue before rooting. I'm presently on 4.2.2. If I root, my status changes to "Custom" and because I have an i9500 I can't use Triangle Away to reset the flash counter and get back to "Official." That being the case, I then can't update to 4.3 via OTA and may even have trouble with Kies, but if I use Odin and flash manually, the Knox bit gets tripped. Is that about right?
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I want to make sure I understand this Knox issue before rooting. I'm presently on 4.2.2. If I root, my status changes to "Custom" and because I have an i9500 I can't use Triangle Away to reset the flash counter and get back to "Official."
Correct. Triangle Away does not work on the i9500 I'm afraid. A USB jig may, on 4.2.2, reset the normal Samsung flash counter however.

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You can flash a stock Samsung firmware by un-rooting and flashing a stock, 4.2.2 ROM and then updating to a stock 4.3 or, alternatively, you can retain 4.2.2 and seek out a custom ROM for 4.3 that has no bootloader or Knox installed and flash it via CWM/TWRP recovery but not Odin. As you know, the Knox counter is not the bogeyman that it once was as far as warranty is concerned however, if your work requires a secure Knox flag, 0x0, then custom ROMs and recoveries are out I'm afraid.
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Triangle Away does not work on the i9500 I'm afraid. A USB jig may, on 4.2.2, reset the normal Samsung flash counter however.
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Just using the CF-Auto-Root kernel should allow Kies to update. Flashing a custom recovery or ROM will negate that though.
I plan on flashing a custom 4.3 ROM to avoid flashing a locked Knox bootloader, which is why I knew that option was off the list.

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You can flash a stock Samsung firmware by un-rooting and flashing a stock, 4.2.2 ROM and then updating to a stock 4.3 or, alternatively, you can retain 4.2.2 and seek out a custom ROM for 4.3 that has no bootloader or Knox installed and flash it via CWM/TWRP recovery but not Odin. As you know, the Knox counter is not the bogeyman that it once was as far as warranty is concerned however, if your work requires a secure Knox flag, 0x0, then custom ROMs and recoveries are out I'm afraid.
I'm wanting to ensure that I can safely flash to official 4.3/4.4 in the future while preserving 0x0, so Odin is a no go. On the S4, will OTA or Kies still work if the flash counter ≠ 0 thus device status is custom? I've had problems doing this with my Note 8.0, but I can still update via Odin with no consequences because it doesn't have the Knox pox and TriangleAway works too.
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I'm wanting to ensure that I can safely flash to official 4.3/4.4 in the future while preserving 0x0, so Odin is a no go.
Yes, stick to only ROMs that are Knox/bootloader free and recovery flashable.

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Knox does not affect your ability to receive Samsung firmware updates. However, a custom ROM could. For instance, DjeMBeY on the i9505 advertises that some of his stock, rooted, ROMs will still allow updates. You could try hunting for something similar for your model, alternatively, you could, if you wish, use Odin to flash a Samsung stock firmware, Knox and all.
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Since installing this root............my video recorder has stopped working....any ideas?
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Apologies Iron!

Model is GT-I9505
Android version 4.3

I've installed the above root and now my video recorder has stopped working.

the message I receive is: Currently unable to start recording because there are not sufficient video codec resource. End active video application at task manager.

I've tried posting on the support but am struggling........I thought I'd try here as it happened after the root.

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Apologies Iron!

Model is GT-I9505
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I've installed the above root and now my video recorder has stopped working.

the message I receive is: Currently unable to start recording because there are not sufficient video codec resource. End active video application at task manager.

I've tried posting on the support but am struggling........I thought I'd try here as it happened after the root.

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Not the rooting of the phone that has caused that problem as you state, here, that video was working after root...

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The phone worked recording things whilst rooted. But for some reason has just stopped.
Try flashing the stock Samsung firmware for your phone, check video and then re-root.
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Awesome guide mate. Really easy to follow steps, exactly what I need.

Problem is, I have a Galaxy S4 Active (Australian version). I know there is a way to root, and install custom ROMs on the Active, but unfortunately I cannot find an easy to follow guide like yours, only guides where the author used broken English to try to teach other people.

Although they did their best to try and help others, I just dont feel confident enough following one of their guides. Your guide on the other hand is so straight to the point and non-complex.

Is there any chance you would know an easy to read guide for rooting and installing custom ROMs on an Active?

Or if the steps are basically the exact same as the Original S4's steps, could you point me the the files I would need for the S4?

I just wont to make sure I am downloading the safest files and using the safest method.

Once again, what an awesome guide, if only I could find one for the Active.

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Is there any chance you would know an easy to read guide for rooting and installing custom ROMs on an Active?
I am afraid that you cannot, as stated in #1.0, use this guide on the Active.

There is a step-by-step guide to rooting the Active and installing CWM recovery, here:-

Install CWM Recovery and Root Samsung Galaxy S4 Active GT-I9295 [Guide]

For further help, hints and tips, you could try the Active Root Forum on here:-

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I am afraid that you cannot, as stated in #1.0, use this guide on the Active.

There is a step-by-step guide to rooting the Active and installing CWM recovery, here:-

Install CWM Recovery and Root Samsung Galaxy S4 Active GT-I9295 [Guide]

For further help, hints and tips, you could try the Active Root Forum on here:-

Galaxy S4 Active - All Things Root - Android Forums

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That is perfect mate, thank you!

I don't know if you have ventured into the world of rooting an Active yet, but I do have a few further questions. If you are unable to answer any of them just say so.

In the first link you gave me, it shows step for installing CWM Recovery 1st, and then it shows how to root the device. Am i wrong in saying I should be rooting the device before trying to install CWM? Or do I have it the wrong way around?

Also, are you saying that it is impossible to install custom ROMs on the Active? My main reason for rooting the device is purely to flash a Debloated ROM. If I am unable to do that then I probably wont go ahead.

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Not the foggiest idea old boy. Never even seen the Active.

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I've never said that it was impossible to install custom ROMs on the Active, or de-bloat it.

Your questions would be better asked on the Active forum that I linked you to.
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I have edited post #2 to reflect the use of the latest PhilZ Custom Recoveries and have updated the links as well as recommending the use of Nandroid Manager and Online Nandroid Backup in preference to ROM Manager, which no longer seems to play nicely with the latest releases of PhilZ recovery.


UPDATE The latest PhilZ recovery for the i9505, v6.10.6, now does play nicely with ROM Manager.
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Hey ironass, really great post.

Greatly appreciate the effort you put into your guides.

I was wondering a few things:

1. Why those choice of kernels? Are there better rooted kernels? How much difference does one kernel make from another?

For a user never having had another kernel besides what comes with his stock phone, what difference is he expected to notice besides now having root.

2. Why do you have to have the custom recovery? And why your choice of the PhilZ one? Do you regard this as the best out there right now?
Is a custom recovery simply something that helps you setup certain features of your device pre-boot?

I plan of using all the software you listed in your post (hope those links are to the latest versions).

I ask these questions not just because of your post, but because I respect your opinion based on your very knowledgeable posts, being a noob to custom ROMS, custom recoveries, kernels, root etc.. I simply have no idea how I would identify what makes one better then another, what to look for, what not to look for, like someone who puts backdoors in their software and you won't ever know.

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1. Why those choice of kernels? Are there better rooted kernels? How much difference does one kernel make from another?

For a user never having had another kernel besides what comes with his stock phone, what difference is he expected to notice besides now having root.
Those are just the rooting kernels for stock firmware. There are lots of other kernels listed in the forum that may be better, depending on your ROM you choose to install.

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As per #2.7...

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There are a number of ways of installing a custom recovery to your phone but this is the easiest method so far and will give you one of the best touch, CWM, recoveries around.
See, also, #1.0 of the PhilZ CWM Recovery - Dummies Guide for more details.

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I ask these questions not just because of your post, but because I respect your opinion based on your very knowledgeable posts, being a noob to custom ROMS, custom recoveries, kernels, root etc.. I simply have no idea how I would identify what makes one better then another, what to look for, what not to look for, like someone who puts backdoors in their software and you won't ever know.
See #3.1 for a list of some recommended ROMs.
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Is anyone working on unlocking the bootloader & if so how long do you think before a solution becomes available.

I must say i am dissappointed with Samsung for going down the locked bootloader route too, i thought they were on the side of Devs & custom roms.
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Is anyone working on unlocking the bootloader & if so how long do you think before a solution becomes available.

I must say i am dissappointed with Samsung for going down the locked bootloader route too, i thought they were on the side of Devs & custom roms.
See #4.4.
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Finally got around to putting a custom rom on my SGS4 (after over a year on stock!).

Great guide ironass, as always. Since I've essentially reverted back to n00b status after being out of the game for a year or so, this jogged my memory on lots of things.
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Finally got around to putting a custom rom on my SGS4 (after over a year on stock!).

Great guide ironass, as always. Since I've essentially reverted back to n00b status after being out of the game for a year or so, this jogged my memory on lots of things.
Don't do that Kie. You frightened me. I thought that after 5 months that someone actually had a problem with this guide.

Good to see you on here old antipodean flasher!

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Great guide, I just finished the entire process successfully, very straight forward and easy to follow. I just bought an i9505 and this is not just my first Android phone but my first "smartphone" in general so I'm learning from scratch (I'd been using a Nokia e55 for the last few years and only symbian mobiles since the 6600).

First question; is backing up /efs necessary via Root Explorer? I just completed a Nandroid backup and noticed it also backed up efs. I've copied it to my PC and see a file 38kb called efs.ext4.tar so I assume this is the same /efs you ask us to backup via Root Explorer. Attached a screenshot of the file contents.



Instead of buying Root Explorer I'd rather donate my money to Danvdh for his CM Edition ROM which I plan on installing next.. once I've figured out how ([ROM] KVT49L [AOSP] 【4.4.2】Dan&Ktoonsez 【CM Edition】 - Stables only! - June 1st, 2014 - xda-developers)

Next question. Should I be making regular backups with Nandroid or Titanium? I'm assuming I only need to make a Nandroid backup before and after rooting and/or flashing ROMs, whereas Titanium is for regular backups of the file system. Is this correct?

Thanks again for the guide, this whole rooting thing was much easier than expected and with the ability to make complete backups it should be the norm.
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That is indeed, your /efs file.

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Root Explorer is useful for many other operations that require changing of permissions, for instance, as well as editing system files. Well worth having IMHO.

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I always make a nandroid if I am about to flash a new ROM as well as one after I have flashed it. A nandroid is a mirror image in time and it depends how much work and how many updates you have done since your previous nandroid. Titanium can be used for both downloaded and system apps and can be prgrammed to update as often as you like on various schedules.
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Root Explorer is useful for many other operations that require changing of permissions, for instance, as well as editing system files. Well worth having IMHO.
I see. I think I'll skip it for now as I don't plan on doing anything drastic yet as I still have a lot to learn. I just want to get Dan's CM ROM installed and get used to that for at least a month while I keep learning.

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I always make a nandroid if I am about to flash a new ROM as well as one after I have flashed it. A nandroid is a mirror image in time and it depends how much work and how many updates you have done since your previous nandroid. Titanium can be used for both downloaded and system apps and can be prgrammed to update as often as you like on various schedules.
So a Nandroid is like a mirror image of your HDD? I think I get it now.
Also, is PhilZ CWM Recovery like the 'safe mode' in Windows?

I've done my backups and I'm ready to install CM: boot into CWM, wipe data/factory reset, select CM, flash, select Gapps, flash, then reset.. sounds easy enough, just hope it goes to plan.
Tempted to try his 4.4.4 GE ROM but I think CM is enough for now, plus I want something solid and thoroughly tested as I don't plan on doing this often. It's mind boggling how people flash new ROMs every week.

Just sharing a piece of my mind here. The main reason I'm doing all this is to reclaim ownership of my phone. It's unbelievable how Samsung would willingly sabotage their own device and release it in this state, bogged down with so much crap and bloatware.
The battery life was driving me nuts, I've been used to charging once a week for years but now I'm charging daily. An extended battery (Anker) solved that but I know it'll be much better on a cleaner ROM and I want to make the most of my device anyway, especially considering I know the hardware is capable of a lot more and deserves some respect, not to mention I spent $440usd on it in Thailand.
I only had my phone for a week and I was already teaching my friend who had theirs for months all the basics and removing most of the bloatware, so if the average joe has no idea what half this stuff is what is Samsung expecting us to think. We used to have phones that resembled bricks once upon a time, but now I see people carrying around bricks attached to their phones instead (power banks) and I'm guessing bloatware has a lot to do with it.
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No, not really. Android has its own, separate, Safe Mode. See #1.1 of Update Problems - Dummies Guide.

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I successfully flashed CM, works fine so far. One problem though; I can't restore my old system apps data (messaging etc.) in Titanium, I assumed that was part of the backup but it only restored my downloaded apps

I plan to restore my old Nandroid backup and start over. I'll redo my Titanium backup (with system apps) then flash CM again and hopefully restore everything in full this time.

Do I boot into CWM and restore my Nandroid backup from 'backup and restore' and select my previous Nandroid backup on the SD?
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first of all thanks a lot for such a detailed thread. i followed the steps exactly and rooted my device but i have noticed frequent auto restart which has never happened before the rooting.im quite new to android.these are the device details
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firmwares are Ap:I9505XXUGNE5
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Android version is 4.4.2
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i cleared the cache as well but problem is still there.
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Okay, I'm having a problem with #2.4, it keeps halting at the very beginning. My phone is a GT-I9505, with the AP: I9505XXUGNG8, Kernel 3.4.0-2309103 and running Android 4.4.2. I have enabled developer options, I have Kies install. So what could I be doing wrong?
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